Seminar Details

Towards Weak Interaction Studies in Francium

Luis Orozco, University of Maryland
Wednesday, January 9, 4:00 PM - Nuclear Science Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall

Francium, a radioactive element, is the heaviest alkali. Its atomic and nuclear structure makes it an ideal laboratory to study the weak interaction. Laser trapping and cooling in-line with the superconducting LINAC accelerator at Stony Brook opened the precision study of its atomic structure. I will present our proposal and progress towards weak interaction measurements at TRIUMF, the National Canadian Accelerator in Vancouver. These include hyperfine anomaly measurements and the nuclear anapole moment in a chain of francium isotopes through parity non-conserving transitions in the ground state hyperfine manifold. These measurements should shed light on the nucleonnucleon weak interaction. Supported by NSF and DOE from the USA; TRIUMF, NRC and NSERC from Canada; and CONACYT from Mexico.